The Well School, an independent day school serving students in preschool through 8th grade, has been an innovative leader among elementary schools in the Monadnock Region of southern New Hampshire for over 50 years. Since its inception, the school has offered an education focused on the whole child using a curriculum that embraces outdoor experiences and emphasizes community participation. The school’s core values of kindness, cooperation, and respect permeate daily life on campus. A deliberately small community, The Well School currently enrolls 141 students.
Program Director Job Summary
The Director of Programs reports directly to the Head of School. S/he develops and supervises The Well School’s after-school programs (including two interscholastic sports) and summer camps and teaches the Outdoor Education program, all of which provide exploratory learning and academic enrichment opportunities. S/he will seek to increase the school’s visibility with prospective students, peer institutions, and other organizations in the wider community.
Start date on campus for this position would be late May or early June, though the position will require remote work starting post hire.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Program Director will:
Develop, schedule, and oversee the school’s summer camp operation and all after school activities (two interscholastic sports, one intramural sport, clubs, and aftercare program).
Plan and teach the Outdoor Education classes.
Devise and manage the registration processes for summer camp, after school programs, and interscholastic sports.
Recruit, hire, train, and supervise a cadre of competent and properly trained teachers and staff members to organize and facilitate the summer camp program, ensuring that all instructors perform their duties with the highest level of professionalism.
Schedule regular meetings with program staff and instructors to evaluate, develop, and implement instruction that reflects the vision of the school and meets optimal standards of safety.
Provide performance evaluations and feedback for staff involved with summer camps, interscholastic sports, and after-school programs.
Monitor student progress, establish standards of student behavior to provide a productive environment, and handle disciplinary issues in programs as appropriate.
Ensure optimal condition and safety of all equipment and facilities.
Arrange for thoughtful communications with and events for parents of the students.
Create, maintain, and communicate all necessary records for the summer camp and after school programs.
Partner with the Director of Admissions to identify and recruit qualified students to potentially participate in the full year (school plus camp) program.
Work with the Business Manager to develop a budget and ensure the profitability of the program.
Collaborate with the Director of Communications to create print and online marketing materials for the summer camp program, produce the catalog of summer camp offerings, and generate enthusiasm for and promote the program’s success.
Coordinate with the Director of Facilities and the Director of Information Technology to arrange for facility and/or equipment needs.
Represent and serve as official spokesperson for the The Well School’s summer and extracurricular programs at local events, fairs, and festivals.
Prepare appropriate summary reports for the school, the trustees, and the public.
Participate in professional development opportunities.
Assume responsibility for other projects as assigned by the Head of School.
Other Possible Duties
Organization of a 5k road race
Oversee outdoor ice rink
Teaching occasional classes
Please email cover letter and resume to T.J. Mackey, Head of School, at email@example.com.
Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred
At least 5 to 10 years of teaching and/or administrative experience in a school or youth-serving organization
Successful track record working with a wide range of people
Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, with a professional and empathetic approach
Exceptional entrepreneurial and organizational skills
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Detail-oriented and able to work collaboratively
High-energy and enthusiastic about working in an academic atmosphere
About The Well School
The Well School is an independent day school for Preschool through 8th grade in Peterborough, New Hampshire. The school's mission is "to inspire confidence, passion, and a love of learning in every child." Our philosophy emphasizes a solid academic and experiential foundation, small class sizes, and the importance of the arts, the outdoors, and physical activity. The Well School is a place of excellence in teaching and learning, as well as a supportive environment in which every student can grow and discover his or her whole self.